Posted: 11:13 am Friday, July 24th, 2009
By Post Staff
HOOVER, Ala. — So Tim Tebow is the unanimous All-SEC First Team Quarterback after all.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, Mr. Gator himself, admitted today that he was the one coach who didn’t vote for Tebow in the preseason SEC Coaches Poll. Spurrier said his football operations guy, Jamie Speronis, filled out the ballot for Spurrier and chose Ole Miss’ Jevan Snead because he already had 10 Gators on his ballot.
But Spurrier took full blame for signing off on the ballot, and opened his Friday morning press conference with a long apology to Tim Tebow. Later, Spurrier said he didn’t sleep last night because of his ballot.
“I’m embarrassed about it,” Spurrier said. “I messed up, and I apologize to Tim Tebow. We should not mess that up, we screwed it up pretty badly.”
Here is the full text of his opening mea culpa. More quotes to come later:
“As I’ve been asked several times, I need to address it right know. Who’d you vote for? And in actuality I didn’t do much voting at all. I didn’t fill the sheet out, but anyway, my answer was, some coach made a pretty serious mistake or either dumb or careless mistake by not having Tim Tebow as his first selection. When all this came up in the Thursday morning paper, I read some guy did not vote for Tim Tebow, and i was like, who was that?
Our director Jamie Speronis, filled it out, brought it into me one day. I looked quickly at it and I said, that’s fine, I signed off on it. I called him I said, certainly we had Tim Tebow? And he said, well actually coach, we had Jevan Snead. And I said, well wait a minute. Why? Why? He said, we already had 10 Gators, and I said, that’s bad. That’s my fault, I take full responsibility. I messed up, and i apologize to Tim Tebow. We should not mess that up, we screwed it up pretty badly.
I’m embarrassed about it, I feel badly about it, and that’s the way it happened. I called Charlie Bloom, I said, can i change our selection from South Carolina to Tim Tebow? And he said yes, so I was able to put Tim Tebow in today, so it’s unanimous. It’s maybe not right, but we made a mistake, I made a mistake. Tim Tebow is not only the best quarterback in this league, I think he’s the best in the country. I think he’s the best football player in the country, and what he’s done there, I believe he and Danny Weurffel will go down in history as two of the best quarterbacks, maybe the two best to ever play college football.
I admire and I respect Tim and I apologize to him. He should have been on that ballot. We messed up, I messed up. I tried to correct it as best as i can. I messed it up, i take full blame for it and that’s the way it happened. That’s the way it happened and we’ll try to move on. I still feel very badly about what happened there.”